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[Northwest History] Woodhouse, Philip R.
Monte Cristo.
A Fine copy in a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket with light edge wear to the head of the spine. This copy is inscribed by the author. The Monte Cristo area, pocketed in spectacularly beautiful mountains in the Pacific Northwest, has long intrigued visitors with its colorful history, rooted in the search for deposits of gold and silver as rich as the Count of Monte Cristo. Here is the story of the region, from discovery to disillusionment and, ultimately, to the dust of a ghost town. The several decades of Monte Cristo's glory led to the construction of the Everett & Monte Cristo Railway (a marvelous engineering mistake) and the founding of the city of Everett as a processing and shipping point for the projected mining riches all events manipulated by Eastern corporate titans including John D. Rockefeller and the Guggenheims. Through boom and bust the struggling railroaders, miners, merchants, and their families dreamed, worked, failed, and sometimes died in Monte Cristo's unforgiving winters. What was the true extent of Monte Cristo's fabled riches? How could the skilled geologists of the day have been so wrong?

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[Northwest Literature] Doig, Ivan.
Winter Brothers: A Season at the Edge of America.
A Fine crisp copy in a Fine unclipped dust jacket. In this his second book, Doig shares the life of another: James Gilchrist Swan (1816-1900), a Boston-born drifter with frontier talents and a gifted diarist of the late-19th-century Northwest. And while part of Doig's mission here is simply to introduce us to Swan-the-diarist, he is also determined to share his own feelings as the ""Winter Brother"" who discovers Swan and is somehow held by him, sharing Swan's westward urgings. Doig sifts through the 40-plus volumes of Swan's writings--a record, from the 1850s on, of the transformation of the Puget Sound region--and sees Swan's life in irregular counterpoint to his own. Swan's experiences include stints as oyster entrepreneur, Indian schoolmaster, customs inspector, Smithsonian correspondent, and ethnological registrar. (The Indians of Cape Flattery, 1870, remains the standard reference on the Makahs; his survey of the Queen Charlotte Islands was also highly esteemed.) And there's a darker side to Swan, too--bouts of drunkenness (excluded from the diaries), occasional gloom--and some familiar pioneer spirits, ""railroad fever"" among them. Above all, how-ever, he was a precise, untiring recorder, often at the heart of the action; and Doig, the habituated sojourner here as before, readily retraces his steps--in a strange and special historical/literary/personal mosaic.

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[Underground Tabloids] .
The Seattle Simpleton. Vol 1, No. 1.
A Near Fine copy. Long before Seattle was the headquarters of Fantagraphics, many leading alternative cartoonists and grunge bands, there was The Seattle Simpleton. This 2-color tabloid comic was short-lived, but helped set the pace for what followed in this corner of the country and culture. Contributors included John Workman (longtime Heavy Metal art director) who did the cover; veteran underground comix artist Bobby London ("Dirty Duck"); Gilbert Shelton ("Freak Brothers"); Gary King ("The Left Overs"); Tom Christopher ("Motel Blues... somewhere in Oregon"); Bob Smith ("San Clemente Beachcomber Comics" starring Richard Nixon); and a double-size centerfold cartoon by Rod Ingalls, who is described as a "Seattle longshoreman" when he isn't cartooning.Includes "Comix World" by the late underground comic columnist Clay Geerdes, talking about comix, art, money and new products. Plus local ads illustrated by Workman and London (2) along with the worst Mr. Natural you've ever seen (by an anonyomous artist). Full page ad for the just-released Famous Cartoonist Series buttons (featuring self-portraits by Barks, Crumb, Kurtzman, Elder, Shelton and Gahan Wilson). Published by longtime regional comix distributor (Homestead Books) David Tatelman, who contributes a column and an "I told you so" to Seattle cartoonist Shary Flenniken. Tabloid size (11/38" x 17.5") folded, as originally published.

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